Have been away for a short while but went down to Ham Wall a few days ago to get some shots of Pochard, as I have very few in my archive.
The nature conservation people have built several small wooden floating platforms on one of the small lakes quite near a hide for birds to rest on and they are well used.
Soon after setting up I heard the fluting of a Redshank and was surprised to see only a single bird drop down (V1) and fly around inspecting the platforms.
An empty one was refused (V2) as too exposed.
Sharing with a Coot (V3) was not a good idea - Coots are grumpy!
The platform with a gull (V4)was turned down - considered to be scavenging yobs, no doubt.
He chose a platform with a swan and asked his permission very nicely and the swan bowed deeply in agreement (V5). They had a good scratch together (V6) and then had quite a long chat for about an hour (V7). Mostly, I am told, about the appalling problems of the NHS and other public services.
A passing Mallard popped in and joined the discussion and shortly after that they all composed themselves for a nap (V8).
I enjoyed this series of interactions very much and hope you like them too.
Oh! I got several shots of pochard and other species as well. (V9).
These are not composites.
Have a good weekend. A
Tags: Wildlife and nature
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